BYD E6 – Click above to watch video after the jump
BYD's E6 electric taxis have been roaming the roads in China for quite some time now. The company began with 40 taxis, expanded the electric chauffeur program to 100 and hopes to add several hundred more by year's end. Right now, the taxis only tool around on the streets of Shenzhen, China, but the program's reach may be extended in the future. BYD's goal is to electrify ten percent of Shenzhen's taxi fleet and hitting that mark would require that at least 1,500 of the company's E6s to take to the streets.
The U.S. launch of BYD's E6 has been pushed back and then moved forward on several occasions, so it's quite difficult to determine when this battery-powered vehicle will actually be available here. Consumer test drives and purchasing may be months or perhaps years away, but here's your chance to see what the E6 has to offer. Hit the jump to ride along as the E6 taxi takes to the streets of Shenzhen, but disregard the bit of useless video found after the 2:50 mark. Hat tip to Matthijs!
[Source: You Tube]